Self Managed Super Fund

INTELLIGENT INVESTOR

Should I start a self-managed super fund?

Richard Livingston Should I start a self-managed super fund? If you're asking that question of your own volition, the answer is probably YES

ASSET CHECK

Super sharing is a couple's best bet

Daryl Dixon Talk of changes to super highlights the need for couples to share their assets as equally as possible.

YOUR QUESTIONS

Open to ideas for growing savings

George Cochrane My mother's 93 and will – at some point – leave me a significant sum. What's the best way to make it work for me?

PLANNING

Risk is wise - but don't stick all eggs in the bank basket

Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens says that more financial risk-taking is needed to ensure a comfortable retirement.

David Potts The old rule of thumb that you need $1 million at 65 for a comfortable retirement no longer holds.

QUIRKY INVESTMENTS

'Sticky beak' factor pays off for collectors

Bonhams' sale of property developer Warren Anderson's assorted treasures earned $13.1 million.

James Cockington For those contemplating selling a collection, the big question is how much will they get out of it?

Labor’s proposals look to bring back fairness

 

John Collett ALP's plans for reining in the superannuation tax concessions are not new, nor are they ambitious.

Super funds positioned to return third strong financial year

Champion: Just like Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva, super funds have enjoyed their third good year.

John Collett Super funds are heading towards the completion of the third financial year in a row of returns of well above 10 per cent.

THE 'HONEST' BROKER

Leave the nest egg and live on less

Marcus Padley

Marcus Padley As sure as nest eggs are nest eggs, we are not in a new paradigm, we are simply in a period of low-interest rates - and it will change.

ASK NOEL

Don’t heed gossip – no change likely

Noel Whittaker.

Noel Whittaker Tony Abbott has promised there will be no material changes to superannuation during his term of office, and I believe that.

DO IT YOURSELF

Smart moves if you work for yourself

What can be done to boost the super savings of the self-employed?

Christine Long If you are self-employed, chances are you will have relatively little super savings or none at all. What can be done?

TIP OF THE WEEK

Younger generation lead the charge into SMSFs

Self-managed super funds showing a growth rate of more than 25 per cent during the past four years.

Olivia Maragna Most people setting up their own self-managed super fund are under 44.

INSIGHT

Ignoring fees will hit your bottom line

Clancy Yeates dinkus Dinkus

Clancy Yeates Small differences in administration fees can make a big difference.

GETTING STARTED

A tax break that beats all comers

Super is the quiet achiever if you can wait long enough, which is to say your entire working life.

David Potts Negative gearing and super should escape the clutches of this budget. Both have great tax breaks but you might be surprised which is best.

THE MOTLEY FOOL

Using shares to top up your pension pot

Investing in the share market isn't a game of chance.

Scott Phillips If you can stomach some volatility, shares could be just the tonic your super needs.

DIY funds need to act before SuperStream deadline

John Collett “SuperStream” is the slick new system for the payment of superannuation contributions.

TIME FOR A CHANGE

Let's fix the system with a flat tax on funds

The superannuation system needs to be simpler, more equitable and sustainable.

Richard Livingston Showing leadership on super is not going to make the opinion polls sing or produce a budget surplus, so we can probably forget about radical overhauls any time soon.

Exorbitant super fees compromise quality of retirement: Grattan

Australians currently pay more than $200 a year on administration fees for the average default super fund and almost $800 for a fund of choice.

Ruth Liew Australians are paying $21 billion in superannuation fees each year, increasing the urgency for the government to run tenders to select better funds for savers.

Comfortable retirement may cost more than $1m, say experts

If $1 million in super was used to buy a lifetime income today, it would fetch about $1297 a fortnight.

Ruth Liew Taking an ultra-conservative approach to calculating superannuation returns may be inaccurate, as experts remain split whether Australians will be able to retire comfortably on a $1 million nest egg.

Financial Services Council defends investment fees

The Financial Services Council says investment fees are not too high.

Ruth Liew The Financial Services Council is hitting back at claims investment fees in Australia are too high, arguing the financial system inquiry's hypotheses on fees are flawed.

Do the sums - $1m is plenty to retire on

Everyone would like to be able to enjoy a comfortable retirement.

John Collett Don't believe what you've read - for most people a million dollars will fund a more than comfortable retirement.

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